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Homage à François Couperin (Butterflies)


Published 1978


Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography. Exhibits a visual haiku wherein an invisible air current stirs the leaves of grass and blows back the butterflies. For more on director Philip Stapp, visit www.afana.org/stapp.htm


Run time 2:00
Producer Intl Film Foundation
Sponsor Scott Edmonson
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: DeadMediaArchive - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2014
Subject: Amazing!
I had recently seen Stapp's SYMMETRY elsewhere, and though a big fan of AFANA, had not noticed the Stapp page there until tonight. Nor the films uploaded here. Kudos, once again, Geoff, for your impeccable taste in resurrecting perfect gems of films from nearly-forgotten artists.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2009
Subject: Just lovely!!
A really charming piece. Worth watching.
Reviewer: brewster - - October 11, 2007
Subject: only a test
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Reviewer: Eva Vikstrom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2007
Subject: Butterfly Ballet
This is a wonderful animation, where butterflies are dancing to Baroque Music. I could watch and listen to this over and over again, and will!

Thanks for the new collection "Academic Film Archive of North America", where many interesting and rare films are made available for an international audience.
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